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Cross-National Public Opinion about HomosexualityExamining Attitudes across the Globe$
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Amy Adamczyk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288751

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288751.001.0001

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Shaping Attitudes in Taiwan

Shaping Attitudes in Taiwan

A Case Study (OK, but Not in My Family)

(p.170) Chapter 7 Shaping Attitudes in Taiwan
Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality

Amy Adamczyk

University of California Press

Chapter 7 contextualizes the quantitative findings presented in the previous chapter by presenting a case study of Taiwan, which is a prosperous and relatively democratic society. This chapter draws on field research that includes twenty-six interviews that were conducted with journalists, nonprofit organizations, and religious and political figures. The chapter shows that same-sex behaviors are a problem in Taiwan in part because of concerns related to the importance of kinship ties and bloodlines. Additionally, many Taiwanese do not personally know someone who is gay or lesbian; many seem relatively tolerant until they consider the possibility of a gay or lesbian family member. The chapter ends by revealing the surprisingly powerful role that Christianity and the Unification Church, which include less than 10 percent of the Taiwanese population, have had in organizing the movement against homosexuality.

Keywords:   Taiwan, interviews, Christianity, Unification church, family, bloodlines

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